|The Urgent Care College of
UCCOP has been founded with the support
of the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), and from
a physician base within it, to provide a focused physician voice
on matters that affect the specialty.
UCAOA was founded in 2004 by urgent care physicians with a sincere
and fervent desire to establish a democratic organization which
could support, promote, and advance the specialty. Under UCAOA,
physician leadership established the Journal
of Urgent Care Medicine, created the first and subsequent Fellowship Programs in urgent care medicine, and organized and
coordinated the clinical content at conferences. These efforts
will continue through UCCOP, with a specific emphasis
on physicians and the clinical practice of urgent care medicine
How is UCCOP different than the various other groups relating
to urgent care medicine?
Because UCCOP is developing in cooperation with UCAOA,
UCCOP leadership brings with it the knowledge, management
principles, and organizational philosophies that have allowed
UCAOA to become the fastest growing organization in the specialty.
This growth will continue as UCCOP builds on this successful
foundation. UCCOP, with UCAOA, will continue to offer
two clinical conferences per year. UCCOP, with UCAOA,
is the only organization in the specialty to support a journal
dedicated entirely to Urgent Care Medicine. Download a copy
of our Answers
to FAQs to learn more about what distinguishes
Why is this new group forming and why now?
The formation of a physician college with UCAOA's support will
allow leadership and members to advance the specialty further
by focusing physician representation and efforts in the areas
of academics, research, continuing education, and advocacy.
Because urgent care medicine in the United States includes many
physicians who manage their own clinics as well as care for
patients, UCAOA's efforts have included business management
support and services as well as clinical education and advancement.
Now, a sharper distinction between clinical and trade foci will
permit concentrated allocation of resources on pursuits important
to the clinical practice of urgent care.
Physicians will now have an organization in which they have
a clear identity. Ultimately, recognition of urgent care medicine
as a specialty by ACGME will require valid training programs
and a physician organization for representation. This has been
a crucial step in the development of all existing, recognized
specialties. The time has come for urgent care medicine.
Will UCCOP be offering board certification or fellowship
Being a professional society, UCCOP does not offer board
certification in Urgent Care Medicine and has no plans to do
so. UCCOP does support the principle that practicing physicians
maintain their certifications in specialty boards for which
they are eligible based on their training and experience and
which are relevant to the practice of urgent care medicine.
There will be an opportunity to apply for fellowship status
in UCCOP once a physician has been a member for at
least a year and satisfies other eligibility criteria which
reflect distinguished service and practice. Criteria will be
announced once approved by the UCCOP directors.
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Join a Committee
The Clinical Guideline Committee is looking for interested members to help review published guidelines and determine applicability to urgent care.
The CME Committee is forming to peer review previous clinical presentations from UCAOA conferences.
If you are interested or wish to learn more contact our Director of Clinical Programs.
UCCOP on facebook
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Save the dates
Annual Spring Convention in Orlando, FL April 8-11, 2013. Click here to learn more.
Become a Member
you want to take advantage of our member benefits or perhaps
you wish to join a committee. Add your voice to ours! Join
UCAOA provides leadership,
education and resources for the successful practice of urgent care. Learn
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Each issue of
JUCM contains a mix of peer-reviewed and useful clinical
and practice management articles which address the distinct
clinical and practice needs of today's busy urgent care
medicine specialists. Learn
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